Singapore Furthers IP Cooperation with the Lao People's Democratic Republic (Laos)
On 27 November 2019, a Memorandum of Cooperation to bridge the innovation ecosystems of Laos and Singapore was signed by Dr Khanlasy Keobounphanh, Director General of the Department of IP, Ministry of Science and Technology of Laos, and Mr Daren Tang, Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
Supplementary Examination Route Closed from 1 January 2020
From 1 January 2020, the supplementary examination route – that allows applicants to obtain a patent expeditiously by relying on positive substantive examination results of an international application or a corresponding allowed/granted foreign patent application - will no longer be available to the following patent applications: •Singapore applications with a filing date on or after 1 January 2020;
- International applications entering national phase in Singapore with a filing date on or after 1 January 2020; and
- Divisional applications lodged in Singapore with an actual filing date on or after 1 January 2020
Malaysia's Accession to the Madrid Protocol - 27 December 2019
On 27 September 2019, the Government of Malaysia deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization's Director General, making Malaysia the 106th member of the Madrid System, which now covers 122 countries. The Protocol had entered into force for Malaysia on 27 December 2019.